Queen Margot

Queen Margot

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Director: Patrice Chéreau

Cast: Isabelle Adjani, Daniel Auteuil, Jean-Hugues Anglade

     
 

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The historical novel by Alexandre Dumas was adapted for the screen with this lavish French epic, winner of 5 Césars and a pair of awards at the Cannes Film Festival. Isabelle Adjani stars as Marguerite de Valois, better known as Margot, daughter of scheming Catholic power player Catherine de Medici (Virna Lisi). Margot is an heiress to the throne during the late 16th

Overview

The historical novel by Alexandre Dumas was adapted for the screen with this lavish French epic, winner of 5 Césars and a pair of awards at the Cannes Film Festival. Isabelle Adjani stars as Marguerite de Valois, better known as Margot, daughter of scheming Catholic power player Catherine de Medici (Virna Lisi). Margot is an heiress to the throne during the late 16th century reign of the neurotic, hypochondriac King Charles IX (Jean-Hugues Anglade), a time when Protestants and Catholics are vying for political control of France. Catherine decides to make an overture of good will by offering up Margot in marriage to prominent Protestant Huguenot Henri of Navarre (Daniel Auteuil), although she also schemes to bring about the notorious St. Bartholomew's Day massacre of 1572, when tens of thousands of Protestants are slaughtered. The marriage goes forward but Margot doesn't love Henri and takes a lover, the soldier La Mole (Vincent Perez), also a Protestant from a well-to-do family. Murders by poisoning follow, as court intrigues multiply and Catherine's villainous plotting to place her son Anjou (Pascal Greggory) on the throne threatens the lives of La Mole, Margot and Henri. The American release version was cut to 145 minutes.

Editorial Reviews

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A historical drama of epic proportions, the 1994 version of La Reine Margot is an authentic balance between period sumptuousness and realistic grittiness, held together by fine performances. Writer-director Patrice Chéreau doesn't flinch in his depiction of the political machinations at play in late 16th century France and the butchery that occurred as a result. Though the labyrinthine plot escapes the director's control at times, the film has a flamboyance which keeps it compelling. At the center of this storm of a movie is Isabelle Adjani, whose maidenly, distant, yet passionate manner is perfectly suited to a period drama. Virna Lisi received a good deal of critical attention for her role as the villainous Catherine de Medici. The St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre also served as the background for one of D.W. Griffith's segments of Intolerance (1916) and was the focus of 1954's La Reine Margot.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/26/2014
UPC:
0741952776291
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
NR
Source:
Cohen Media Group
Time:
2:39:00
Sales rank:
23,182

Special Features

Feature-length commentary by Director Emeritus of the New York film festival Richard Peña 2014 Re-release trailer Collectible booklet

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Isabelle Adjani Margot
Daniel Auteuil Henri of Navarre
Jean-Hugues Anglade Charles IX
Vincent Perez La Mole
Virna Lisi Catherine of Medici
Dominique Blanc Henriette of Nevers
Pascal Greggory Anjou
Claudio Amendola Coconnas
Miguel Bosé Guise
Asia Argento Charlotte of Sauve
Julien Rassam Alencon
Thomas Kretschmann Nancay
Jean-Claude Brialy Coligny
Jean-Philippe Ecoffey Conde
Emmanuel Salinger Du Bartas
Laure Marsac Antoinette
Barbet Schroeder Advisor
Jean-Marc Stehle Innkeeper
Otto Tausig Mendes
Bruno Todeschini Armagnac
Tolsty Hangman
Bernard Verley Cardinal
Ulrich Wildgruber Rene
Laurent Arnal Actor
Daniel Breton Actor
Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi Actor
Marc Citti Actor
Grégoire Colin Actor
Jean Douchet Actor
Philippe Duclos Actor
Marina Golovine Actor
Carlos Lopez Actor
Charles Nelson Actor
Johan Leysen Maurevel
Richard Bohringer Voice of Coconnas [uncredited]

Technical Credits
Patrice Chéreau Director,Screenwriter
Claude Berri Producer
Moidele Bickel Costumes/Costume Designer
Goran Bregovic Score Composer
Georges Demetreau Special Effects
Jerome Enrico Asst. Director
François Gedigier Editor
Pierre Grunstein Executive Producer
Dominique Hennequin Sound/Sound Designer
Sophie Martel Set Decoration/Design
Richard Peduzzi Production Designer
Olivier Radot Production Designer
Philippe Rousselot Cinematographer
Kuno Schlegelmilch Makeup Special Effects
Guillaume Sciama Sound/Sound Designer
Danièle Thompson Screenwriter
Helene Viard Editor

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Queen Margot 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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Exceptional portrayal by Isabelle Adjani. Masterful seductive powers by most of the actors. The wicked are truly sensual beasts acting out their primal urges. Perez is caught in a turbulent whirlwind between royal forces and tragic fates. Timeless film, cinematography is tight on the emotions. Scene setups, the arches of faces in and out of light, backgrounds of lustful figures or cowering underlings. This film has so much to see in every shot. The writers did a fine job of taking the best of Dumas and history to reveal this tale of power and passion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a really great historical film that seems to capture the times really well. It involves the early struggles between catholics and protestants, and being an American, it's hard to understand what all the fuss is about! It's beautifully done and there is never a dull moment with all the castle intrigue and affairs. I had trouble recognizing characters the first time I watched it, but it was clearer the second time. And it's nice to see a non usa film because they don't hold back and worry about offending someone, or go overboard if they do. There are some disturbing images, but none of it is gratuitous. I highly recommend it, if you don't mind reading subtitles (or speak french).
tankutheoptimist More than 1 year ago
La Reine Margot", a pure example of fine European film-making, the film takes you back to the time of 15th century France, wonderful performances from Adjani and Auteiuil, both had an excellent chemistry. Jean-Hugues Anglade, words alone will fail to describe his performance in the role of the King, he was fabulous. Pascal Greggory was excellent, even through his role was brief. Vincent Perez delivers a good performance as well. the most prominent word about this very film could be 'Realistic and Genuine', thrown lights on the events that took place in 1572, France (the Saint Batholomew's Day Massacre). Almost everyone delivers a brilliant performance, If you are into French History or just good drama, you cannot afford to miss this wonderful film. a film with perfection in all scenes, surely wont disappoint you. A fine example of Fine french cinema. Worth appreciating indeed.
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